Dr. William S. Weintraub is professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and is the John H. Ammon Chair in Cardiology and director of the cardiology section at Christiana Health Care System in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Weintraub also holds appointments as adjunct professor of health sciences at the University of Delaware and professor of medicine emeritus and professor of public health emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Weintraub received his MD degree from Johns Hopkins in 1975. After training at Boston University, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he was appointed to the Penn faculty in 1980. He was recruited to Emory University in 1986 to direct efforts in outcomes research in cardiovascular medicine, overseeing the Emory cardiovascular databank. He founded the Emory Center for Outcomes Research (ECOR) in the mid-1990's, publishing over 200 papers while on the faculty at Emory.
While at Emory, Dr. Weintraub was appointed the first chairman of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Weintraub remains chairman of the steering committee for the ACC NCDR Cath-PCI registry. He also remains on the ACC NCDR management board. Dr. Weintraub is also on the American Heart Association Database Executive Steering Committee. He is on the executive committee of a 6000 patient registry for Atrial Fibrillation (RECORD) developed by Sanofi-Aventis. He is on the board of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium which has developed three registries in heart failure and ischemic heart disease. These registries have involved extensive multi-institution collaboration and coordination.
In addition to working on registries, Dr. Weintraub has been working on clinical trials since the 1980's. He was the principal investigator on EAST, LRT, RESTORE, TACTICS-TIMI 18, SoS, EPHESUS, CURE, CREDO and COURAGE. Activities in all of these trials have involved multicenter collaborations. The activities on both registries and clinical trials have afforded Dr. Weintraub extensive experience both leading multi-institutional research activities and participating in the leadership group.
Dr. Weintraub has specialized knowledge and skill in health status assessment and health care economics. He has been involved in the economic analysis for each of the trials noted above, and in the quality of life analysis for TACTICS-TIMI 18, SoS, EPHESUS and COURAGE. Dr. Weintraub was one of the first in cardiovascular medicine to develop an economic analysis alongside a clinical trial. Dr. Weintraub remains active in this endeavor, and is currently developing the cost-effectiveness analysis for the COURAGE trial.
Dr. Weintraub has also been involved in informatics for over 25 years since his development of the cardiovascular database at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and remains on the Informatics Committee of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Weintraub oversees the extensive informatics development in cardiovascular medicine at Christiana, working with information services at Christiana. Information services and the Christiana outcomes center work in a deeply collaborative relationship to bring cutting edge technology as well as access to data from complex databases to bear on outcomes projects.
Dr. Weintraub has been heavily involved in committee activity for the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. In addition to the database committees noted above, he has been on the steering committee for the interdisciplinary working group on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research since the IDWG was founded. He has been on the program committees for the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. He has been on the Research Committee of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology Informatics Committee and the American College of Cardiology Data Standards Committee. Dr. Weintraub has also served on the board of trustees of the American College of Cardiology.